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Fiber Art Batt - Beach Glass

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Luscious cloud of fibers, perfect for felting or spinning. A multi layered, carded blend of hand dyed merino wool, snowy white and hand dyed mohair curls, hand dyed silk, and sparkly sea foam green Firestar fibers.

These batts are created by gently carding many thin layers of fiber. Each fiber “ingredient” is divided up by color and type of fiber into 4 to 6 portions, and then slowly and gently fed, layer by layer, into a drum carder. A single batt is generally created from at least 24 layers, and many have twice that. Some layers are mere cobwebs of fiber. This process binds the layers gently together, while retaining the characteristics and beauty of the individual fibers and colors.

These fibers have been gently hand processed and hand dyed with acid dyes. The dyes have been heat set and rinsed until the water ran clear. However, since each artist's water, soap, detergent and processing varies, no guarantees are made with respect to color fastness. We recommend if your final artwork or garment requires cleaning, gently hand wash in cold water and dry it flat.

Batts are approximately 1.3 oz each.

Will ship in an acid free, zip sealed bag to maintain loft.

Created in a smoke free, pet friendly studio.


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Absolutely! Shipping charges are automatically calculated by Etsy based on your selected shipping choice and the estimated weight of the packaged items. I will combine multiple item orders and if the end result is a lower shipping charge I will refund the difference immediately. If the charges end up being more, I will eat the increase. All items are individually bagged to protect them, prevent handling related felting, and to maintain loft in the Art Batts, but I will be glad to let the air out and "squish" them into a box if you prefer. Just let me know your preference!

The fiber batts are made by hand on a drum carder. They are created by gently carding many thin layers of fiber. Each fiber “ingredient” is divided up by color and type of fiber into 4 to 6 portions, and then slowly and gently fed, layer by layer, into a drum carder. A single batt is generally created from at least 24 layers, and many have twice that. Some layers are mere cobwebs of fiber. This process binds the layers gently together, while retaining the characteristics and beauty of the individual fibers and colors.

Braids are hand dyed and/or hand painted with commercially available dyes from commercially prepared Top. My coloring and setting process takes advantage of the abundant Southern California sunshine, which is slower but minimizes the amount of time a braid spends inside a steamer to set the color. I generally dye six braids at a time, and put an extra braid in with each batch to use when I test for color fastness. That way at most only one braid from each batch gets washed more than once, and my stash has a valid reason to keep growing ...

Fibers in the batts come from various sources. The silks, bamboo, and Firestar come from commercially prepared Top which I then hand dye. The yummy Merino comes from California sheep. These fleece generally measure in the 14 to 19 micron range, which is why the batts are so slippery. I purchase it raw, hand process small batches, and dye it in the fleece. Cormo is also sourced from California, purchased raw and hand dyed in the fleece. These fleece are also fine, but not as slippery as the merino and will handle differently. My Mohair comes from Minnesota and Texas. These fibers are also generally bought raw, and hand dyed in the fleece. They are also excruciatingly hand picked and cleaned to remove as much VM as possible.

Absolutely! Shipping charges are automatically calculated by Etsy based on your selected shipping choice and the estimated weight of the packaged items. I will combine multiple item orders and if the end result is a lower shipping charge I will refund the difference immediately. If the charges end up being more, I will eat the increase. All items are individually bagged to protect them, prevent handling related felting, and to maintain loft in the Art Batts, but I will be glad to let the air out and "squish" them into a box if you prefer. Just let me know your preference!

The fiber batts are made by hand on a drum carder. They are created by gently carding many thin layers of fiber. Each fiber “ingredient” is divided up by color and type of fiber into 4 to 6 portions, and then slowly and gently fed, layer by layer, into a drum carder. A single batt is generally created from at least 24 layers, and many have twice that. Some layers are mere cobwebs of fiber. This process binds the layers gently together, while retaining the characteristics and beauty of the individual fibers and colors.

Braids are hand dyed and/or hand painted with commercially available dyes from commercially prepared Top. My coloring and setting process takes advantage of the abundant Southern California sunshine, which is slower but minimizes the amount of time a braid spends inside a steamer to set the color. I generally dye six braids at a time, and put an extra braid in with each batch to use when I test for color fastness. That way at most only one braid from each batch gets washed more than once, and my stash has a valid reason to keep growing ...

Fibers in the batts come from various sources. The silks, bamboo, and Firestar come from commercially prepared Top which I then hand dye. The yummy Merino comes from California sheep. These fleece generally measure in the 14 to 19 micron range, which is why the batts are so slippery. I purchase it raw, hand process small batches, and dye it in the fleece. Cormo is also sourced from California, purchased raw and hand dyed in the fleece. These fleece are also fine, but not as slippery as the merino and will handle differently. My Mohair comes from Minnesota and Texas. These fibers are also generally bought raw, and hand dyed in the fleece. They are also excruciatingly hand picked and cleaned to remove as much VM as possible.



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Oh my, these batts are nothing short of exquisite. I am almost afraid to use them (so I can't yet remark on how they spin), they look so lovely just as they are. I'd love to simply hang them on my wall as works of art. The colorways are magical. This particular choice (2 of) were shipped in a good amount of time, were packed with care, and finally arrived safe and sound (after some extra travel time courtesy of the USPS). They are more beautiful in person than they they are in the photos. Can you tell I'm truly delighted with these? Thanks so much!!
1 day ago by nn m
great batt. thick and lofty great for felting.
Dec 19, 2017 by jejff

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